This new park area is named in honor of the Dotson family, a multi-generational family known for environmental advocacy in the West Contra Costa County area and beyond. Dedicated in 2017, the area has undergone significant habitat restoration to mitigate potential future damage from rising sea levels as well as coast and inland flooding. Park Features: This small parkland is a 198-acre parcel that is composed of wetlands and grasslands. The main focal point of the preserve is the Al McNabney Marsh, which supports a diverse range of birdlife. The marsh lies on the Pacific Flyway and seasonally provides an important place of refuge for the migrating birds. It is a great place to see all types of birds from waterfowl to raptors – just remember to bring your binoculars, field guides, and drinking water.

really nice Trail pretty clean easy access a lot of fun

walking
26 days ago

Just discovered this beautiful spot! The easy 4 mile loop includes panoramic views of the bay, rolling grasslands and a eucalyptus forest. Stop in the forest for a moment to listen to the raucous chatter of the birds - lovely!

walking
1 month ago

I brought a couple of friends, one who has not visited the park before. We will come back again and bring a bigger group.

hiking
2 months ago

Lovely trail with lovely views.

Great hike!!

walking
8 months ago

Love this park. Absolutely beautiful views of the bay. Very easy walk. It can get windy though. Great place for a leisurely walk, plenty of seating along the way to rest and reflect. Great for dogs as well!

TIPS:
- Windbreaker will be VERY helpful in the shore Portion of trail as we still felt the cold breeze despite 80 degree weather.
- sun shading apparel (hat, sunglasses) not needed.
- Trekking pole not needed.
- 2 rest rooms with drinking fountains. One at the beginning and one at the mid point (where the pier is)
- parking fee only when gate is staffed.

Pretty relaxed and easy hike. Good for conditioning or for strolling. My BIL and I brought our 2 yo daughters and they enjoyed the hike PLUS there's a playground at the beginning of the trail that they enjoyed.

TIPS:
- Windbreaker will be VERY helpful in the shore Portion of trail as we still felt the cold breeze despite 80 degree weather.
- sun shading apparel (hat, sunglasses) not needed.
- Trekking pole not needed.
- 2 rest rooms with drinking fountains. One at the beginning and one at the mid point (where the pier is)
- parking fee only when gate is staffed.

Pretty relaxed and easy hike. Good for conditioning or for strolling. My BIL and I brought our 2 yo daughters and they enjoyed the hike PLUS there's a playground at the beginning of the trail that they enjoyed.

One of my very favorite! Great views of the bay, great for kids too.

hiking
11 months ago

Simple hike with amazing views. There were also a lot of safety procautions taken to protect vistors. The park can be pretty busy, recommended to go in the morning if you would like a little more seclusion.

hiking
Saturday, October 08, 2016

Love this walk. We've been doing it for years and it's a great place to enjoy one of the few places where the bay edge / marsh can be viewed in a relatively pristine state. It's also interesting because it's at the transition point between bay and delta water and so there is a lot of diverse landscape. Good for jogging or walking, one could spend an hour or a day here. Great eucalyptus forest covers much of the landscape. Very beautiful.

walking
Saturday, October 01, 2016

Pt Pinole Regional Park

walking
Friday, September 16, 2016

Nice place to stroll with my dogs. Pretty good views that you wouldn't normally see. My wife liked this one because there wasn't any hills... We saw quite a few hikers and runners that day.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Hiking here is like a stroll in the park! This trail is great for running.

hiking
Wednesday, January 27, 2016

I follow the Cooks Point Trail then the Marsh Trail all the way to the edge of the water. Love the peaceful and tranquil scenery.

hiking
Saturday, January 23, 2016

Went down to the beach during the low tide, instead of the usual trail on the cliff, the hike was was serene.

on Bay View Marsh Trail

hiking
Sunday, January 03, 2016

Enjoyed the views, it was a relaxing hike. Easy and quick.

hiking
Sunday, September 20, 2015

I have been in this trail many times but I've never tired of it. Plenty to see but my favorite was the sunset.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

One of the few places we've been that really do let dogs off leash for most of the walk--and everyone was so friendly about it. Plenty of picnic area too. Would recommend arriving later in the day so you can catch the sunset.

nature trips
Monday, May 18, 2015

Plenty to do and see, my favorite was the dense eucalyptus forest in the middle of the park. Only knock is that it's not much of a workout

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